The Kenneth A. Smaltz Sr. Foundation held its Second Annual Alzheimer’s Caregivers’ Symposium at Harlem Hospital. In observation of National Caregivers Month in November, this year’s half-day Symposium was designed for family caregivers and the practitioners who assist and support them. The symposium had expert resources to help caregivers deal effectively with the legal, financial and emotional burdens of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Warachal E. Faison, Medical Director, Women’s and Men’s Health at Pfizer was the keynote speaker. She addressed the theme of caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease, bringing an understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, the risk factors, signs and symptoms of this irreversible condition, along with top officials on care giving included:
Also speaking at the Symposium were: Corinda Crossdale, Director of the New York State Office of the Aging, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz,Chairman,New York State Assembly Committee on Aging, Caryn Resnick, Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Aging , and a host of other community practitioners and advocates. They shared information on legal, financial and advocacy challenges and solutions, adult day care centers, and brain-healthy diet options to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and improve cognitive functions.